This is one of my favorite go to snacks for traveling or a lazy afternoon that can be quite easy to make if you have a morning at home and even if you don’t have a dehydrator.
Nutritional yeast is full of fantastic vitamins and nutrients, most notably it contains vitamins B and B12 and only a 1/2 tbsp provides the daily suggested amount of B12 for an adult. It’s also rich in amino acids, folic acid, protein, and biotin, not to mention it’s lovely savory flavor. I use it in snacks, entrees like vegan lentil loaf, savory vegan stroganoff, and in homemade gravies. It is also a perfect cheese replacer and a little dash can jazz up any meal in seconds. Even salads! It is definitely a key player in this delicious and savory afternoon snack.
Here is a “fast” and simple version of Vegan Un-roasted Sunflower Seeds:
- 1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp or generous amount of nutritional yeast
- Your favorite sea salt to taste
- 1 1/2 tsp curry spice
- 1/8 cup water
Pre heat your oven to it’s lowest setting or to 140 degrees if possible prop the door of the oven open with a rolled up dish towel or oven mit to encourage air circulation and lower the temperature a bit.
In a mixing bowl add your seeds, spices and nutritional yeast, giving it a little stir slowly pour in your water to help the yummy flavors stick to the seeds. Spread onto a baking sheet or your dehydrator shelf with a spatula. And allow to dehydrate for about 2 hours.
For the longer version, far superior might I add, and for making in bulk:
- 4 cups sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 4 tbsp of nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp you favorite seas salt
- 1 tbsp curry spice
- 1/2 + cup water
Soak your seeds for 4 – 5 hours strain any excess water before combining ingredients, but save a 1/2 cup soaking liquid for mixing seasonings. The same method of dehydration is used only this time you may need two baking sheets and it will take approximately 8 hours dehydration time.
I love to add dehydrated cranberries, raisins, or lemon zest for a little bit of contrasting flavor and sweetness. I hope you enjoy!